Delhites saw a thick layer of smog this morning. Warnings were released by weather department of declining air quality in NCR two days before Festival season. The levels of the pollutant PM2.5 was at a "hazardous". PM2.5 are small particles that can go through the lungs and cause various respiratory diseases.
Smog was so thick that roads were not visible this morning, as against weekend last week when the air quality improved as there were some strong winds coming from Haryana and Punjab region which took away the polluted air.
According to WHO, smog and polluted air kill one million Indians every year.
Last year Odd-Even policy was implemented by the Delhi government in order to curb increasing air pollution and was succeeded up to a certain but various sects from society spoke against it as it caused transportation problem.
Cities of northern and central states like Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu also record poor air quality levels.
Artificial rain may be used to tackle Delhi’s near-toxic levels of air pollution. Various organisations like IITs, ISRO, and pollution control are planning of cloud seeding. Artificial rain may prove helpful in solving this hazardous problem. The plan of artificial rain may start as early as December or mid-November. Cloud seeding involves changing the amount and/or type of precipitation that falls from clouds by dispersing substances (mostly salts) into the air. The dissemination of seeds will be done from aeroplanes.
It will be the first time in the history of Indian cities when artificial rain will be used to solve the problem of air pollution.